Best Japanese Movies of the 2000s. Which do you know? Part II

Missed Part I? Check it out here for 14 more popular Japanese films of the 2000s. 

I don't like to know too much about a film before watching it, so all descriptions here are brief and spoiler free. I've linked to the Japanese language trailer for each film on youtube and the titles are all presented in Japanese with the English release name in brackets.

15. 『座頭市』(ざとういち、ZATOICHI)



Blind swordsman comes to the defense of a village. Trailer here.

16. 青い春 (Blue Spring)

It tells the story of seven students in an underperforming high school filled with delinquents, as they complete their education and decide on the options available to them afterwards. Trailer here.


17.  ストロベリーショートケイクス (Strawberry Shortcakes)




ストロベリーショートケイクス concerns the life of four girls, as they deal with their own insecurities while living in the metropolis of Tokyo. Trailer here.

18. アヴァロン (Avalon)



The film is set in a bleak future, where the population is hooked on an immersive illegal virtual reality video game called Avalon. Trailer here.


19. アカルイミライ (Bright Future)


Employment and petty crime. Here's the trailer.

20. おくりびと (Departures)

A man who becomes a mortician and how if affects his family life. Trailer here.

21. 空中庭園 (The Hanging Garden)




A family drama concerning the Kyobashi's, whose house rule is to not keep secrets from each other when asked a question directly. Trailer here.

22. 嫌われ松子の一生 (Memories of Matsuko)




Sho cleans his recently departed Aunt's apartment and learns about her past. Trailer here - looks pretty good!

23. 実録・連合赤軍 あさま山荘への道程 (United Red Army)




Documents the Red Army student movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Trailer here.

24. DEAD OR ALIVE 2 逃亡者


Two contract killers cross paths on the same job and realize they are childhood friends. Together they take a break from killing and visit the small island they once called home. After reflecting on their past lives they decide to team up and use their talents in killing for good... upsetting the crime syndicates they used to work for. Trailer here. Couldn't find the trailer - here's a scene instead.

25. イノセンス (Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence)


Animated science fiction film set in the Ghost In the Shell universe. Here's the trailer.

26. リンダリンダリンダ (Linda, Linda, Linda)


I've watched this one, it was good about a highschool girl rock band. Here's the trailer.



27. VERSUS



A katana and a gun? That's all I need to know. (It's a supernatural action film) Here's the trailer.

28. ナイン・ソウルズ (9 Souls)




Nine convicts escape from prison; most are convicted murders. Trailer here.

29. 大日本人 (Big man Japan)








About a giant man protecting the Japan from monsters. Trailer here - I could only find the English one :(.



30. 仄暗い水の底から (Dark Water)



仄暗い  ほのぐらい obscure / gloomy
底 そこ bottom
So the title is something like "From the bottom of the dark waters" .
As you may have guess another horror film! Here's the trailer.

That's it for Part II check out the next set of films in Part III.

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